Earlier, a political storm had broken out when Railway Minister Piyush Goyal
said that West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were being laggard in approving these trains.
Since May 1, the railways
has run 1,565 migrant trains and ferried over 20 lakh migrants.
Operated 1,565 'Shramik Special' trains, ferried over 2 million migrants: Railways
The Indian Railways
has operated 1,565 'Shramik Special' trains since May 1 and ferried over 20 lakh migrants back home, the national
transporter said on Tuesday.
While Uttar Pradesh has allowed 837 trains, Bihar has permitted 428 and Madhya Pradesh more than 100, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal
said in a tweet.
PM @NarendraModi जी के नेतृत्व में रेलवे द्वारा 20 लाख से अधिक कामगारों को 1,565 श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेनों का संचालन कर उनके घर भेजा जा चुका है।
अकेले उत्तर प्रदेश 837, बिहार 428 और मध्यप्रदेश 100 से अधिक ट्रेनों की अनुमति दे चुके है। pic.twitter.com/REUCr0KYEB
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 19, 2020
As of Monday night, 162 trains were in transit and 1,252 had reached their destinations. Around 116 more are currently in the pipeline, it said.
"Under the leadership of PM @NarendraModi, more than 20 lakh workers have been sent to their homes by the Railways on 1,565 Shramik Special trains," the minister said.
According to data till Monday night, more than 496 trains have originated from Gujarat and 17 more are in the pipeline, while over 266 trains have already started from Maharashtra, with 37 more in the pipeline.